Audi is set to launch 16 pure- electric models by 2025 as part of a £35.7 billion investment designed to take on long-time premium rivals such as BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz and EV upstarts that include Tesla.
The huge model assault will start with the launch of the E-tron SUV in September, and the firm says it will have three EVs on sale by 2020.
The plan is called the Roadmap E Initiative and also encompasses autonomous tech. It was developed by now-suspended Audi chairman Rupert Stadler, who was arrested by German authorities in June on matters relating to Dieselgate.
A modified version of the existing MLB platform, used for large SUVs, will be employed for the E-tron and heavily related E-tron Sportback. Details of the E-tron models remain scarce, but they are expected to use two motors – one on the front axle and one on the rear – instead of the three-motor system from the concept. They will combine to offer 402bhp, a 0-62mph time of around 6.0sec and a range of about 250 miles. The E-trons will also be the first series- production EVs to feature 150kW charging, allowing them to be charged from empty to 80% in less than 30 minutes.